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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 2, 2011 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Do You Like About The 80's ?

My single favorite performance of the decade is a riveting vocal on a Dylan masterpiece in what is essentially a duet between Jerry and Phil,heartfelt vocals and Phil fully engaged is a rarity for the 80's and you get them both here.There is also a short simple jam before the last verse featuring Jer and Phil that has a unique feel,a pretty tension,it begins at about 6:30 and ends at 7:45.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 3, 2011 12:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Do You Like About The 80's ?

That is very nice - I like it more than the next one on 4/22/86, it's more heartfelt & less rushed, though a bit clunky - what's interesting is Garcia hasn't "internalized" the song yet, so he's trying to sing like Dylan!

By comparison, a video from '95:
And here's Garcia's JGB version of the song, from a studio in the '70s:

This reminds me of one thing I love about the '80s - Garcia doing She Belongs To Me in '85. Musically the band plods a bit, but Garcia nails the soul of that song.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 3, 2011 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Do You Like About The 80's ?

LIA,I can't thank you enough for posting a link to that bonus disc version of Visions,I have been searching the torrent sites with no luck for quite a while,if I remember correctly in a long past thread you also expressed a desire to hear it I am very excited,Keith and Jerry doing Visions.
Onto the 86' version,I feel like you do about it in that it seems pure,while a little clunky(it is the 80's) it is also an odd song in terms of cadence,dense with lyrics and difficult vocal shadings,based on past train wrecks on much less complex material Jerry does a commendable job,only a few mistakes on 5 very full verses of lyrics.It was a powerful performance to witness,I got a full body rush throughout the song,being a Dylan fanatic after the first line I was ecstatic.The gentleness and attention to detail by both Jerry and Phil is impressive,and I thought Jerry's Dylan like vocal was endearing,he seemed seriously locked in throughout the song.The next version in Berkeley seemed rushed and not well done,the later versions I find disturbing and depressing.